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Scientists: Here's How To Have Great Brain Functioning As You Age

"Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital studied 17 'superagers,' people over 65 who have the mental function of those in their 20s. The goal was to find out if there were any observable differences between superager brains and normal brains, and if so, whether the rest of us could use that information to give ourselves better […]

Computer scientists repurpose laparoscopy video for medical training

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new system that can efficiently search through hundreds of hours of video for events and visual features that correspond to a few training examples. Show More Summary

Massachusetts General researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often find it difficult to look others in the eyes as they find eye contact uncomfortable or stressful. Now investigator at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital have shed light on the brain mechanisms involved in this behavior.

Mass. General-led study replicates tanning response in cultured human skin

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have developed a way of increasing pigmentation in human skin without the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation.

CT angiography appears better at predicting future risk for patients with chest pain

(Massachusetts General Hospital) An analysis of diagnostic test results from a trial comparing anatomic with functional testing as an initial diagnostic strategy for patients with chest pain found that CT angiography better predicted the risk for future cardiac events than did measures of exercise tolerance or restricted blood flow to the heart muscle.

Mass. General report outlines strategies to address racial, ethnic health care disparities

(Massachusetts General Hospital) An analysis of survey data from participants in the Massachusetts General Hospital-based Disparities Leadership Program -- a yearlong executive education initiative designed to help health care leaders...Show More Summary

Mass. General study finds potential mechanism for BCG vaccine reversal of type 1 diabetes

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Interim results from a FDA-approved clinical trial testing the generic vaccine bacillus Calmette-Guérin to reverse advanced type 1 diabetes demonstrate a potential new mechanism by which the BCG vaccine may restore the proper immune response to the insulin-secreting islet cells of the pancreas.

Nurse Makes Tiny Superhero Capes For Very Premature Babies

A Canadian nurse is bringing smiles to the faces of worried parents who have premature babies in neo-natal intensive care. The Metro reports Stephanie Treherne cares for premature babies in the NICU at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada, but she also goes above and beyond her job by making superhero capes for her […]

37. Adopt a Cabbage Patch Kid at Babyland General Hospital

The conceit behind Cabbage Patch Kids is that they spring from cabbage plants in a “hospital” in Cleveland, the tiny northeast Georgia town where they were invented.

Attacking metastatic tumors in the brain

(National Foundation for Cancer Research) Rakesh Jain, PhD, Director of the Edwin L. Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and supported by the National Foundation for Cancer Research, has discovered...Show More Summary

Collusion between Hollywood script writers and pharmaceutical companies isn’t new. Nor is the call to regulate it.

Plenty has been written about a recent “disease awareness” plotline in ABC’s General Hospital that indirectly promoted ruxolitinib, the only prescription drug approved to treat a rare blood cancer called polycythemia vera (PV). The drug’s manufacturer, Incyte, said in a news release that it “teamed up” with the show and actress Finola Hughes, whose character […]

Mass. General researchers show how Shigella survives the gastrointestinal tract

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered how the bacteria Shigella survives its journey from the mouth to the colon, taking advantage of substances that would kill many less persistent organisms.

Radiation therapy, macrophages improve efficacy of nanoparticle-delivered cancer therapy

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report finding finding how appropriately timed radiation therapy can significantly improve the delivery of cancer nanomedicines by attracting macrophages to tumor blood vessels, which results in a transient 'burst' of nanoencapsulated drugs from capillaries into the tumor.

Clinical trial investigates Alzheimer's disease drug in people with Down syndrome

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A phase 2 clinical trial in young adults with Down syndrome of a drug being investigated for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease supports further investigation of its potential.

20-Year-Old Quinault Father Killed by Hit-and-Run Was a "Basketball Hero," Respected by Youth and Elders Alike

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by Sydney Brownstone Jimmy Smith-Kramer, pictured above, succumbed to his injuries from the hit-and-run at the Tacoma General Hospital on Tuesday. His family donated his organs. Quinault Indian Nation When the Quinault team won the basketball district championships a few years ago, Jimmy-Smith Kramer, No. Show More Summary

Suspect Arrested in Hit-and-Run Homicide of Quinault Father

3 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Sydney Brownstone Jimmy Smith-Kramer, pictured above, succumbed to his injuries at the Tacoma General Hospital on Tuesday. His family donated his organs. Quinault Indian Nation The Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office has arrested a 31-year-old...Show More Summary

CA: San Rafael Driver Injured After Bus Squeezes Car

A collision involving a Golden Gate Transit bus and a sedan Wednesday landed a driver at Marin General Hospital and clogged downtown traffic during lunch hour, police said.

Study finds tai chi significantly reduces depression symptoms in Chinese-Americans

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A Massachusetts General Hospital study finds that a 12-week program of instruction and practice of the Chinese martial art tai chi led to significantly reduced symptoms of depression in Chinese-Americans not receiving any other treatments.

Brain microenvironment makes HER2-positive breast cancer metastases resistant to treatment

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A Massachusetts General Hospital-based research team has identified a novel mechanism behind the resistance of breast cancer brain metastases to HER2- or PI3K-targeted therapies and a treatment strategy that may overcome this resistance.

The Tricky Ethics of Big Pharma Soft-Selling on Soap Operas

Medical professionals have raised concerns about whether General Hospital's plotline blurred the lines between disease awareness and advertisement. The post The Tricky Ethics of Big Pharma Soft-Selling on Soap Operas appeared first on WIRED.

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